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Will of William Conway from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 278 & 279 probate year 1838
In the name of God Amen, dated at saint John's in Newfoundland this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six, I William Conway a native of Killihy in the county of Kilkenny Ireland and an inhabitant of Newfoundland being very sick and weak in body but of perfect sound mind and memory thanks be given unto God; Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors; not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I desire and request that my funeral expenses not to exceed the sum of twenty pounds shall be paid and discharged as soon as possible after my interment. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary the elder, a feather bed and some bedding. I give and bequeath to Alice Kerwin a bedstead and a bed roof. I give and bequeath to my brother James Conway my suit of best black clothes. And to my two dearly beloved children Cornelius and Mary the younger by my wife Mary Conway begotten by even and equal moieties and portions between them I give and bequeath all and singular the residue of my estate and effects in lands tenements titles gifts deeds goods and chattels debts money and effects of any kind whatsoever now belonging to me or which may hereafter become due owing payable or belonging unto me. I also constitute and appoint my dear friends Mr. Daniel Hennessy and Mr. Philip Duggan both of Saint John's to be the sole executors of this my last will and testament being satisfied in my mind that they will act fairly and justly in the fulfilling of this my bequest. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments in any ways before named willed or bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor. |
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